Police Impersonator Nabbed In Tricked-Out SUV; 'I'm The Sheriff, Who Are You?'

Tom Gantert

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard arrested a police impersonator whom he caught in what looked like a police vehicle.

Waterford, MI – The Oakland County sheriff stopped a police vehicle that didn’t look right and found an armed man posing as a police officer.

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard had just left a meeting on Feb. 6 and was driving down M-59 near Telegraph Road when he saw the strange-looking police SUV, WDIV reported.

“Initially, to me, it looked exactly like a police car,” Sheriff Bouchard said. “It was a police car, it had the push bumpers, a whole light array on the back. It said ‘police interceptor dial 911’ as well as ‘K-9 stay back.'”

Then the sheriff noticed a decal on the SUV that said “emergency response” that set off his Spidey senses.

“I was like, ‘That’s not a police car. Something weird is going on here,'" Sheriff Bouchard told WDIV.

So he ran the SUV’s license plate and when it came back, the registration showed the vehicle was not associated with any police agency.

That’s when Sheriff Bouchard hit his lights and siren and initiated a traffic stop on the bogus police vehicle, WDIV reported.

The sheriff, who was wearing civilian clothes a necktie for his meeting, said that windows were so darkly tinted that he could not see who was inside the SUV until the driver rolled down his window.

“He looks at me and says, ‘Who are you?’ And I said, ‘I’m the sheriff. Who are you?'" Sheriff Bouchard told WDIV.

The sheriff said that police impersonator had the interior of his vehicle set up to look like it belonged to law enforcement, too.

The suspect had installed a fake radar gun on the dashboard, as well as mounted something that looked like a dispatch computer with a digital display, according to WDIV.

Sheriff Bouchard said the suspect posing as an officer was armed with a loaded .45-caliber Glock handgun and a large Bowie knife.

The police impersonator was arrested and taken to the Oakland County jail, WDIV reported.

The sheriff said his department wants to know if anybody has been stopped by bogus police SUV.

Charges against the imposter were pending, according to WDIV.

“You never know what the day will hold,” the sheriff posted on his own Facebook page after the incident.

Sheriff Bouchard served as a Republican in the Michigan state senate from 1991 to 1998. In 2010, he ran for governor.

He was appointed Oakland County Sheriff in 1999 and was named the “Sheriff of the Year” in 2016 by the National Sheriffs’ Association.

Comments (30)
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flybynight
flybynight

13.4%/60%

whatalways3parts1
whatalways3parts1

Up to No Good!!! Reason to impersonate ===COMMIT CRIMES!!!
Great Job SHERIFF!!!

whatalways3parts1
whatalways3parts1

This needs to go VIRAL...!! YouTube etc.......

He can't be the only one...

the likes of him give the REAL LEO's a bad name!!!

I'd do it , but, not PC Savy.

navajowinds99
navajowinds99

Quick way to die playing cop.
Once knew a fellow who was robbing drug dealers playing cop in 1996 and was killed in the same year along with another fellow.

Dot200
Dot200

Should have boxed him in with a dozen police vehicles and make him she and pe all over himself, events this weekend in NYC are a sign that the game has changed.
Sheriff Mike Bouchard was lucky this time, I would advise him that " I'm the sheriff" does not make him bullet proof.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#fakepopo

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

I hope they confiscated the vehicle like they can do in drug busts.. turn it into a real police vehicle at his expense.

Colombianito
Colombianito

Is it illegal in Michigan to own a police car?

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

RUN FOR THE SENATE AGAIN. WE NEED YOU

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Officer used up one of his 9 lives. No Body armour and admits he cannot see through the tinted windows. 🤔

Retired37
Retired37

“Imitation is the finest form of flattery” most of the time. The real LEO took a risk. Thanks be to god it turned out ok

SDLucas
SDLucas

Glad it turned out as well as it did... The sheriff put it on the line with that stop.

Rj's
Rj's

In the stop He could not see into the vehicle nothing about race was a part of the Stop, The stop was already decided and legal.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Classic wanabe. Idiot.


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